growing up is watching your younger sibling get taller and taller until they finally surpass you until you’re left a diminished pride and memories of when you were the supreme sibling
Really useful breakdown of what’s going on in the trial of Darren Wilson, and why we’re unlikely to see an indictment, let alone a conviction.
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I went to the Renaissance faire dressed as a warrior. I had a real sword with me, too. I was standing (in character) next to a sword-fighting ring, where kids of all ages got the chance to pick up a sword and challenge the champion. Some woman walks by, with her little girl. The girl starts walking towards the ring, saying she wants to fight. But the mom pulled her away hella sharply, and was like, “That’s for boys.” You don’t want to be a BOY, do you?” And the girl looked around and saw me. I think she thought I was a boy; I had my hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a hood. So she comes up to me and asks me, “Do you think girls can be fighters, too?” And her mom looks like she’s silently gloating. Like she thinks I’m going to say no. So I take off my hood, untie my hair so that it flows freely, and kneel before her. And I’m like, “Milady, anyone can be a fighter.” I swear, the look on that mother’s face made my day.
Where are we? What’s out there?
The great thing about Listen is that almost all of it is ambiguous and left up to personal interpretation. So, since you asked, lovely anon, I’m going to explain an alternative view of the whole situation.
First of all, we have to analyse the clear similarities between the Doctor and Danny. Especially in relation to Clara. The Doctor and Danny are two men with a military background, ashamed of their past. As with the Doctor, Danny doesn’t reveal his real, original name to anyone. He’s quite shocked and affronted when Clara mentions Rupert. The thing that links the two parallels is Clara.
Clara has now acted as the impossible girl, an impossible life guide, to both the Doctor and Danny, influencing them for most of their lives. Clara saved the Doctor when she jumped into his timestream, changed his opinion on saving Gallifrey and was responsible for the Time Lord’s gifting him his new set of regenerations. In Listen, Clara had an impact on Danny’s military future, as well as giving him his name: “Dan the soldier man.” So why is this important?
Clara made a sacrifice when she became the impossible girl. If the Doctor hadn’t saved her, she would have died. Now that she’s serving as a life guide to Danny, is this possible foreshadowing? Will she make another sacrifice?
This is where we can bring in the second element: Clara’s death being mentioned twice in four episodes. The first time, with Strax, he pointed out she had the potential to live a long life, and when he mentioned her death and life expectancy, Clara didn’t want to hear. Quite rightly. The second time, however, the Doctor links the TARDIS to Clara’s timeline - from the moment of her birth to the moment of her death. Clara once again points out she doesn’t want a preview.
The interesting thing here is, when the TARDIS linked to Clara’s timeline, she got distracted and thought of Danny. This influenced where the TARDIS landed. A point I will go back to once I explain the next part.
Orson. Moffat has probably made it a little too obvious that Orson is destined to be Clara’s great grandson. He’s practically told us all she’s destined to have a happy ending. Originally, when I read the script, I thought perhaps Orson was solely Danny’s descendent and it was left open to interpretation whether or not he was also Clara’s. Perhaps not.
The wording is all very important. The Doctor says Orson has a connection to Clara’s timeline. Not DNA specific, not relation, but connection. The Doctor assumes this connection is biological.
Now, if we add all three strands together, we can come to a different conclusion. Yes, Danny and Orson have a connection to Clara’s timeline. But if we are to believe that Clara’s aforementioned death is indeed foreshadowing (another arc paralleled with the impossible girl arc), then we can say this:
What if the connection the Pink’s have to Clara’s timeline is that they were responsible for her death? What if Clara, who now believes she has a future with Danny, is willing to sacrifice her life to save him, safely knowing she had to be saved in some way for her bloodline to survive?
It’s a long shot, but it’s just how I’ve connected the dots. Remember, too, if we analyse how Moffat parallels his characters, then we can see the pattern in this: Amy wasn’t maternal, it was the opposite of her characterisation, and yet she had a child. Clara’s main characteristic is that she’s caring and motherly, especially seen with child characters. Meaning…